OSWEGO, NY – On July 20, the Oswego County Humane Society will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary at a clambake and birthday bash at Bayshore Grove, Bayshore Road, Oswego.
The event will run from 1 to 5 pm and will feature all the clams you can eat, grilled foods, a buffet with vegetarian selections, free draft beer, cash bar, games, a $5,000 hole in one contest, a $500 lottery scratch-off board raffle, a silent auction and live entertainment.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at www.oswegohumane.org or reserved by calling the OCHS office at 315-207-1070.
Sponsors of the event to date include Furdi’s Homes, NBT Bank, Pathfinder Bank and the Shanley Law Offices.
More sponsorships are still available and can also be purchased online or by calling Diane Broadwell at 564-7442.
“We have a long way to go for the animals in Oswego County, but we also have much to be proud of. This event is our way of celebrating all of the hard work of our board members, our volunteers and our donors in getting us to this point and beyond,” said Kristin Shanley, chair of the event and a member of the board of directors.
The Humane Society was founded in the year 2000 by a group of animal lovers concerned about the lack of sheltering options in the County.
They soon developed an active fostering system that enables the Humane Society to rescue animals in urgent need and find new safe homes.
Since its inception, more than 2,200 pets, mostly cats and dogs and several horses, have been saved, 370 of them last year alone.
OCHS also knew that more needed to be done to get at the root causes of animal abandonment and neglect, the fact that too many unwanted pets are being born.
In 2007 OCHS established its in-house spay/neuter clinic which allowed it to spay or neuter its cats in foster care at a reasonable cost and to offer low-cost spay neuter services for cats in low-income household across the county.
Since then more than 3,700 cats have been spayed or neutered.
Foster dogs are also spayed or neutered before adoption, but not at the clinic.
The Humane Society also provides community education programs, including its newsletter and regular newspaper columns, assists with large animals in need with its Large Animal Assistance Program, and assists with the spaying/ neutering and barn placement, if possible, of free-roaming community cats living without homes.
The mission of the Humane Society is to provide programs and services to both people and pets that strengthen and preserve the human/animal bond.
According to Donna Kuhn, president of the board, “We believe that people and pets are good for each other and we work with individuals all across the county to help them have positive experiences with their pets.”